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Herbal Study Group at Luna Farm
“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners”.
-John Holt

Pre-registration is required. To register, go to our Meet Up page.

Please bring something nutritious/wholesome to share for after we are done. This is the time we use to discuss what we’ve experimented with and answer any questions you might have. It’s also a great time to get to know one another!

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Herbal Study Group 2014

2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Topics will vary monthly. Some months we will focus on 1 herbs, some months we’ll take a walk and learn about many. The study group will include reading the lesson, doing ‘experiments, discussing further study and advanced work options (that each person will do on their own at home over the course of the month), and ending with group discussion on general topics while enjoying refreshments. Each month we will discuss what was taught/studied the previous month before starting a new lesson.

This year’s line up:

June – No Class

July – Echinacea

August – No Class (my daughter’s b-day)

September – Goldenrod, New England Aster and Ragweed

October -

July 9, 2014 – Echinacea

echinacea

Tonight was all about Echinacea. I would like to encourage everyone to grow Echinacea in their garden, not just for his medicine but for the butterflies, finches and the plant himself, who is on United Plant Saver’s “At-Risk” list. Traditionally the root of this beautiful Aster family plant is used but myself and other herbalists have found the flowers and leaves to be just as effective for most uses, if not stronger. To read Echinacea’s monologue, you are welcome to print off a copy of tonight’s hand out.

Get the handout here.

August 13, 2014 -

No Class, Jaden turns 10!

September 24, 2014 – Goldenrod, New England Aster & Ragweed

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What do these three plants have in common? They are all great for treating allergies! Learn about the medicinal uses of these 3 plants and how to best utilize them. We’ll have plenty of herbs to make into medicine, please bring your own 4 – 8 oz jar.

Get the handout here.

October 22, 2014 -

Get the handout here.

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Herbal Remedy Workshops at Collinsville Public Library

4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
 

April 23 – Herbal Bitters

May 28 – Nourishing and Restorative Herbs

June 25 – Herbal Nervines and Sedatives

July 30 – Herbal Anti-inflammatories

August 27  - Herbal Antispasmodics

September 24 – Herbal Vulneraries

October 22 – Herbal Immune Stimulants and Modulators

 

April 24, 2014 - Herbal Bitters

Just the thought of bitters makes some people shudder. One of the most hated flavors in the SAD diet, bitters are essential to good digestion. Bitters are traditionally used this time of year to purge a winter’s worth of heavy eating, in anticipation of the foods of summer, which are often lighter and easier to digest. Though our modern grocery stores offer year round eating of fresh vegetables, we still require bitters in our diet but often find them lacking. We’ve been raised to prefer sweets to bitters and many people will refuse to add them to their diet.

During this discussion we’ll discuss the importance of bitters, how we can add them to our diets and how to determine which herbs are considered bitters. My hopes are that after meeting tonight, you will all understand the importance of bitters and seek them out to add to your diet on a daily basis for better digestion, nutrition and more vitality in your life.

We will cover a wide range of bitter herbs (complete with a few to sample). Be sure to bring a notepad and pen so that you can take notes.

Please note that another group also meets at the Blum House on the same night. We will be in the kitchen. You can enter through the front and walk through to the kitchen or enter from the back and enter the kitchen directly off the porch. We will be heading out behind the garage to harvest plants so if you arrive a bit late and we aren’t there, head out back.

Get the handout here.

May 28, 2014 - Nourishing and Restorative Herbs

Herbs work in many ways. Sometimes we need a fast acting herb to treat an acute situation such as a cut, sore throat or stomachache. Other times, we need herbs that are slower acting, that will work on restoring health. These types of herbs are often referred to as nourishing and restorative herbs or tonics. Nourishing and restorative herbs are generally high in vitamins and minerals and can be used in large quantities on a daily basis. In tonight’s class we will discuss different herbs that fall into these categories, how to prepare them to get the most nourishment and I’ll bring along a few samples for everyone to try.

Bring a glass to drink from, a chair to sit in and a notebook to write in.

Please note that another group also meets at the Blum House on the same night. We will be behind the Blum House in the circle as long as weather permits. We will be heading out behind the garage to harvest plants so if you arrive a bit late and we aren’t there, head out back.

Get the hand out here.

Jun 25, 2014 – Herbal Nervines and Sedatives

Tonight we’ll be focusing on herbs that nourish and calm the nervous system. Nervines are especially important for those who have a lot of stress in their lives. Along with discussing herbs that work for those who are anxious, stressed and tense, we’ll discuss how to view stress and how to cope with it in our daily lives.

Bring a glass to drink from, a chair to sit in and a notebook to write in.

Please note that another group also meets at the Blum House on the same night. We will be behind the Blum House in the circle as long as weather permits. We will be heading out behind the garage to harvest plants so if you arrive a bit late and we aren’t there, head out back.

Get the hand out here.

July 30, 2014 – Herbal Anti-inflammatories

What are the different types of inflammation? How is it generally treated in conventional medicine and how is that bad? How is it treated with herbs and diet and how is that good? Tonight we’ll dive into the world of inflammation and learn how to heal through herbs, diet and lifestyle choices.

Get the hand out here.

August 27, 2014 – Herbal Antispasmodics

Tonight we’ll be talking antispasmodics for both internal and external use. We’ll talk about different types of spasms and the most effective way to treat them. I’ll bring a variety of herbal remedies to give you a hands-on learning experience.

Get the hand out here.

September 24, 2014 – Herbal Vulneraries

Get the hand out here.

October 22, 2014 – Herbal Immune Stimulants and Modulators

 Get the hand out here.

November 2014 - No Class

December 2014 – No Class

 

 

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